Who is Usain Bolt?
Usain Bolt is world-renowned for his running and for being one of the fastest men in the world, if not THE fastest man in the world at one point.
He’s won 9 gold medals at Olympics over the years, spanning 2008, 2012 and 2016, completing what’s known as the ‘triple-triple’. He managed this by winning gold in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres at three Olympics. There are only two others in the world who have achieved the ‘triple-triple’ status; Paavo Nurmi of Finland (a middle-distance and long-distance runner) and Carl Lewis of the United States (track and field athlete).
In his 9 Olympic gold medals, Usain Bolt ran for a total of less than 2 minutes. pic.twitter.com/5m5m00fPQW
— Bruce Feiler (@BruceFeiler) August 22, 2016
Unfortunately Bolt was stripped of one of these gold medals after fellow teammate, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of doping.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg for Bolt’s accolades. The 11-time world champion holds world records for 100 metres (9.58 seconds) and 200 metres (19.19 seconds) and has won numerous other awards, including the IAAF World Athlete of the year (not once, but twice), Track & Field Athletes of the Year as well as Laureus Sportsman of the Year.
It always feels good to go out on top, you know what I mean?
It was a sad day for sports fans the world alike when Bolt announced his retirement in August 2017.
What’s Usain Bolt’s backstory?
Born in 1986, Bolt was always sporty, partaking in both cricket and sprinting from a young age. It wasn’t long until coaches at his school noticed how fast he was and Bolt began to focus solely on his running and sprinting with the help of former Olympic sprint athlete, Pablo McNeil, before being mentored by Glen Mills.
Bolt was his first medal in 2001, at the age of 14 years old, after winning silver in the 200 metre right in the high school championships. By 15, Bolt was already making a name for himself at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Here he won his first gold medal and became the youngest world-junior gold medallist EVER. The very first title that he would go on to smash and make his own.
Following on from this, Bolt received the International Association of Athletics Foundation’s Rising Star Award and quickly picked up the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’.
How did Usain Bolt end up at the Olympics?
Usain Bolt found himself picked for the Olympic Squad to represent Jamaica at the 2004 Athens Olympics, even though he had an ongoing hamstring injury. It was this injury that led to him being eliminated in the first round of the 200 metre race.